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What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness (The decline and fall of American English, and stuff)

 

By Clark Whelton

 

Even nasal passages are affected by fashion. Quack-talking, the rasping tones preferred by many young women today, used to be considered a misfortune.

 

 

That's where I started laughing.

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What happened just before 1985? I was wondering if TV had anything to do with it. I watched a little TV between 1963, when my sister bought my mother a set with her first paycheck and 1970, when I gave it up as stupid. I was visiting my sister in 1977, as a late teenager, and saw some there. I was SHOCKED at how everything was slang, sex, and lowest common denominator. It seemed incoherent to me. Green Acres was not a high point of civilization, but it wasn't sex-gigglegiggle-sex all the time, and I understood all the words.

 

So, what do you think happened to make this such a sudden change between 1984-1986?

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So, what do you think happened to make this such a sudden change between 1984-1986?

 

Cable became widely available about that time. There were all of a sudden, like, hundreds of channels and you know, there were also lots and lots of sort of stupid teen movies around that time that were super popular. And MTV, and stuff. :tongue_smilie:

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